The Art Of Selecting The Right Tile
Tiles have become irreplaceable in the construction industry. Tiles are thin and usually square or rectangular in shape. Tile is a manufactured piece of hard-wearing material such as ceramic, stone, metal, baked clay, or even glass, generally used for covering roofs, floors, walls, or other objects such as tabletops. Alternatively, tile can sometimes refer to similar units made from lightweight materials such as perlite, wood, and mineral wool, typically used for wall and ceiling applications. Tiles are used to form the wall and floor coverings and can range from simple square tiles to complex or mosaics. Tiles are made of ceramic, typically glazed for internal uses and unglazed for roofing, however other materials such as glass, cork, concrete and other composite materials, and stone are also used to manufacture tiles. Tiling stone is typically marble, onyx, granite or slate. Thinner tiles can be used on walls than on floors, which require more durable surfaces that will resist impacts.
How tiles gained popularity still remains unclear. Durability and cost-effectiveness have definitely added to its popularity. Its huge demand has made many brands emerge into the market making it extremely difficult to find the perfect tiles to match your needs. Apart from the older ceramic tiles, a wider variety of tiles are available in the market. Vitrified tiles, porcelain tiles, digital glazed tiles are some of them. According to its use or purpose, tiles are again classified into wall tiles, step tiles, floor tiles, cladding tiles, bathroom tiles etc. Current market trends indicate that there a higher preference for vitrified tiles than the earlier ceramic tiles. Vitrified tiles itself has many subtypes: Double charged vitrified tiles, full body vitrified tiles, digital glazed vitrified tiles, glazed vitrified tiles (G.V.T), flat glazed vitrified tiles (F.G.V.T), polished glazed vitrified tiles (P.G.V.T) etc are some of the major varieties of vitrified tile ranges.
How tiles gained popularity still remains unclear. Durability and cost-effectiveness have definitely added to its popularity.
The shift from ceramic to vitrified tiles occurred due to many reasons, mainly the vitrified tiles being more beautiful, cheap and scratch resistant. Vitrified tiles are easier to install and need practically no setting time or polishing after laying, therefore they can be used within 48 hours after laying. They have very less water absorption and are stain resistant. Due to moisture resistance, vitrified tiles prevent bacteria and fungi from growing. It is also easier to clean as it has a shiny surface. The sheen is not lost very soon and the effect of sunlight neither alters the color of the tiles nor causes them to fade. All these advantages of vitrified tiles have caused a sudden boom in the market.